The greatest ever leg-spin bowler in cricket, Shane Warne was born on 13 September 1969 in Upper Ferntree Gully outside of Melbourne.
Warny [Shane Keith Warne] has never been far from the headlines, with even the simplest of events making news...
Warnie arrives home to Melbourne by 7 News [29-01-2007]
Shane Warne and ex-wife Simone are back in Australia after a family holiday in Fiji. The tanned couple flew into Melbourne last night with their three children. They kept their distance from each other in front of the cameras but left the airport in the same car, fuelling speculation they are working on reconciling.
Shane Warne is a huge fan of the St Kilda Football Club.
Shane Warne made his first-class cricket debut on 15 February 1991, taking 0/61 and 1/41 for Victoria against Western Australia at the Junction Oval in Melbourne.
Warne was then selected in the Australia B team which toured Zimbabwe in September 1991. His best performance was 7/52 in a four-day match. On his return to Australia, he took 3/14 and 4/42 for Australia A against the West Indies in December 1991.
He had an undistinguished Test debut, taking 1/150 off 45 overs, and recording figures of 1/228 in his first Test series.
Despite the inauspicious start to his Test career, he has since revolutionised cricket thinking with his mastery of leg spin, which many cricket followers had come to regard as a dying art, due to its immense difficulty of execution.
For all his wickets and on-pitch (and off-pitch) controversies, Warne's place in cricketing posterity is assured by the fact that he has overturned the domination of cricket by fast bowling that prevailed for two decades before his debut.
Many of his most spectacular performances have occurred in Ashes series against England. With feats like the famous "Gatting Ball", otherwise known as the "Ball of the Century"which spun sharply and bowled a bemused Mike Gatting in the 1993 Ashes series.
In March 2004, he became the second cricketer (Courtney Walsh) to take 500 Test wickets.
On 11 August 2005 at Old Trafford, in the Third Ashes Test, he became the first bowler in history to take 600 Test wickets. In 2005, he also broke the record for the number of wickets in a calendar year, with 96 wickets.
Warne has scored the most test runs without having scored a century, with two scores in the nineties, once famously being dismissed for 99 with a reckless shot on what was later shown to be a no ball. Warne is also third overall on the most international test ducks.
He became the first cricketer to reach the 700-wicket milestone in his second last test, on Boxing Day 2006 at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground).
In this final Test, Warne ended England's first innings by trapping Monty Panesar lbw for a duck and his 1000th total international wicket. His final Test wicket was the key wicket of Andrew Flintoff, stumped by Adam Gilchrist near the end of Day 3.
In 2000, Warne was named by a 100-member panel of experts as the fourth of five Wisden Cricketers of the Century.
❊ Web Links ❊
→ Shane Warne
→ ShaneWarne.Com - Everything Shane
→ Cricket-Online player profile - Shane Warne
→ Shane Warne - Wikipedia,
→ Shane Warne Graphics Library
→ Shane's Blog
→ Warnie arrives home to Melbourne - Channel 7
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